Paolo Ballesteros happy individuality is ‘in’ » Manila Bulletin Entertainment


Versatile actor Paolo Ballesteros is glad the world has become more accepting of many different kinds of people, including homosexuals.

Paolo Ballesteros (

Paolo Ballesteros

“Mas nakakatuwa ngayon kasi mas lenient na tayo (even) sa mga bagets (bata) natin na baklita (gays),” he told Bulletin Entertainment when asked for his opinion on young gay followers who identify with the gay roles he plays. “Kumbaga na e-express na nila kung sino sila and kung saan naman masaya eh ’di go.”

He cleared, though, that he neither encourages nor discourages his admirers on their sexual orientation.

“I mean sino ba naman ako para i-discourage sila, unang-una. Basta support lang kung saan sila masaya.”

Paolo talked about how gays are portrayed on TV and in movies, then and now.

“Ngayon, hindi na siya ’yung caricature. Mas na e-express na nila ngayon ’yung mga sarili nila.”

He, however noted that “May mga nagbago din talaga sa movies in general.”

Paolo played gay roles in the movies “Bakit Lahat Ng Gwapo May Boyfriend?,” “Die Beautiful” and “Trip Ubusan: The Lolas Vs. Zombies.” He does it again in his latest starrer, “Barbi D’ Wonder Beki.”

Among the challenges the 34-year-old actor faced in doing “Barbi” is the fight scene which took more than 24 hours to shoot. He also revealed his makeup is “heavier and more intricate.”

Note that Paolo himself does his makeup. He has even earned international acclaim for his celebrity makeup transformations. The actor said it’s all for self-fulfilment.

A scene from ‘Barbi D’ Wonder Beki’ (

A scene from ‘Barbi D’ Wonder Beki’

“Kasi for me it’s an achievement for myself na ‘Ay, ang galing, naging kamukha ko siya,’” he divulged. “Siguro ’yun ’yung artist blood ko. Hindi ako nag-pi-paint sa mga canvass so ginagamit ko ’yung mukha ko. I guess ’yung satisfaction na nakukuha ng mga artist ’pag naka paint sila, ’yun din ’yung nakukuha ko sa makeup transformations ko.”

With all the blessings he has been receiving, Paolo makes sure to challenge himself in every task he does. He promised to always do his best in hosting, acting, and doing makeup transformation.

“Basta ’pag binigyan ako ng project or anything na kailangan kong gawin gusto ko kasi natsa-challenge ako kaya pinag bubutihan ko talaga. Tsaka kasi ang mentality ko is ayokong makikita ako na magmukhang eng-eng,” he said. “Ayokong gawin ng half-heartedly ’yung mga bagay-bagay.”

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